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Red River Valley (1936)

Passed | | Western | 2 March 1936 (USA)
Gene and Frog set out to find out who has been causing the accidents at a dam construction site.


B. Reeves Eason


Stuart E. McGowan (screenplay), Dorrell McGowan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog
Frances Grant ... Mary Baxter
Boothe Howard ... Steve Conway
Jack Kennedy Jack Kennedy ... Mike
Champion ... Gene's Horse
Sam Flint ... George Baxter
George Chesebro ... Bull Dural
Charles King ... Sam
Eugene Jackson Eugene Jackson ... Iodine
Edward Hearn ... Sheriff Ed
Frank LaRue ... Moore - Banker
Ken Cooper ... Long - Henchman
Frankie Marvin ... Becker - Henchman (as Frank Marvin)


One of Gene Autry's early Republic westerns, the film has plenty of action and songs by Autry and Burdette, along with other musical novelty acts. Gene and his friend Frog help the valley's irrigation company solve the mystery of who's behind the terror tactics of those fighting the dam. In the process, they become implicated in a payroll robbery and must clear their names while pursuing the real robbers and trying to save the dam for the valley's drought-ravaged landowners. Written by Dale Roloff

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Lane Chandler and Jack Rockwell are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear in the movie. Neither did Bob Burns and Jack Kirk who were listed as cast members in a modern source. See more »


Gene Autry: If you walk out now, you'll ruin the valley. Everybody will lose their homes, farms. You'll get your money! Baxter's arranging for a loan now and he'll be here to tell you himself.
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Red River Sweetheart
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Smiley Burnette
Written for this movie and possibly used instrumentally
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A masterpiece when compared with Blazing Saddles!
27 December 2004 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This was an incisive indictment of American capitalist greed in a similar vein to Battleship Potemkin ... sorry, I've got my notes mixed up. This is much better than Potemkin! The print I watched needed some of the same TLC however, but I guess and reckon that won't happen.

Gene delivers his herd of steers to the railroad, only to change his job into that of the more exciting sounding "ditch rider" for the dam builders. I don't know, I suppose I could have missed it but what the heck is a ditch rider's duties, apart from thwarting the baddies at every turn? They're trying to stop construction on the dam, but not destroy it - a fine line in movies like this! The acting and screenplay is what you would expect; the title song is sung suitably downbeat throughout, with a little help from Smiley and a Novelty Hillbilly Band in the starkly lit saloon.

I loved it - not recommended for the serious.

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Release Date:

2 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man of the Frontier See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Dam, Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$75,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(2004 restoration) | (re-edited version) (edited) (re-edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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